Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips has not been available for the last few fixtures due to injury. However, manager Marcelo Bielsa has hinted that he could be in contention to return against Arsenal.
Bielsa’s update on Phillips
The manager was talking in his press conference in the build-up to the fixture on Sunday. With the club losing their last two games 4-1, they will need their key players on hand to put things right against the Gunners.
When asked about whether Phillips might be able to play, Bielsa said: “I can’t guarantee it, but it’s probable.”
This is great news for Leeds
Jamie Redknapp has praised the midfielder this season, saying: “I always look at midfielders, and when they look like they’ve got time on the ball, for me, they’re doing the right thing because sometimes everyone looks a little bit flustered. But the game, he makes [football] look easy.”
The English midfielder has had an impressive start to life in the Premier League. The 24-year-old has been a menace for opposition attacks, averaging 3.4 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, and 1.2 clearances (WhoScored) per game before the injury.
He is a vital cog in the middle of the pitch, with Barry Douglas saying: “He is the perfect build for that position, a powerful player but also has a fantastic range of passing.”
The three games that Bielsa has been without the midfielder in the Premier League have seen the Whites concede eight goals. Meanwhile, when he featured, the club only conceded six goals in five matches (Transfermarkt).
The stats suggest that Leeds are missing an enforcer-type player in the middle of the pitch due to Phillips’ absence and therefore, his possible return against the Gunners is brilliant news.
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